Northern Australia Defence Summit

Hosted by the NT Government, this policy-driven event will look at the opportunities for Australia’s Defence industry in Northern Australia.
10 – 11 October 2018 | Darwin Convention Centre





2017 Agenda

WELCOME DRINKS – Tuesday 24 October 2017

Enjoy the picturesque surroundings and gorgeous view of the Darwin horizon at Parliament House as the Chief Minister welcomes attendees to the 5th Annual ADM Northern Australia Defence Summit.

Hosted by;
The Honourable Michael Gunnar MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

18:00 – 19:30
Main Hall, Parliament House
KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Chief Minister’s Welcome Address

The Honourable Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government

Co-Hosted by: Schneider Electric

DAY 1 – Wednesday 25 October 2017

8:00 Registration and morning coffee


8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Allan Schmidt, Defence Lead, Sitzler


9:00 KEYNOTE | Ministerial Address

The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government


9:30 KEYNOTE | Partnering for positive outcomes in Indigenous engagement and development

Lieutenant Colonel John Papalitsas CSC, CO, North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE)

10:10 FIRESIDE CHAT | How local indigenous workforce can add value to project delivery

Eddie Fry, Chair, Indigenous Business Australia
Moderated by: Alice Beilby, Executive Director, Savanna Alliance

10:50 Address from Coffee Break Sponsor: Honeywell

Brett Wigmore, District General Manager – NT & WA, Honeywell

11:00 Networking and refreshment break


11:20 Australia’s geostrategic circumstances

—— What does this mean for Northern Australian Defence and Security?

Prof John Blaxland, Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

11:40 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Geo-political analysis on changes in SE-Asia and Australia

—— Current climate in SE-Asia Defence industry
—— Changes in the area, both present and looking to the future, and the implications of these
—— The need for cultural knowledge to improve, to facilitate smooth transitions between SE-Asian and Australian Defence enterprises

His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Former Minister for Defence and President of Indonesia and Chairman, Democratic Party of Indonesia

12:10 INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE | What is the role of the Republic of Korea and Australia in the Naval Modernisation of Southeast Asia

—— Why does ASEAN need naval modernisation?
—— Why does it require special complementary relationships with Asian partners, rather than with the US or EU?
—— Why should the Southeast nations look to the ROK and Australia for help, rather than China?

Navy Captain (Ret.) Sukjoon Yoon, Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Military Affairs, South Korea

12:30 Defence’s Bilateral Initiatives – Strategic implications and Local opportunities

BRIG Tim Bayliss will provide an update on the United States Force Posture Initiatives, Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative and how they relate to northern Australia. He will also discuss upcoming implementation milestones and discuss the implications of these bilateral strategic initiatives and the opportunities they will provide at local business and community level.

Brigadier Tim Bayliss, Director-General US Force Posture Initiatives, Department of Defence

12:50 INTERNATIONAL PANEL | Looking North; A two-way perspective


—— International appetite for investment in the Northern Territory defence industry
—— Perspective from markets and countries that Australia (and NT specifically) look to export to
—— Industry climate, capacity and future regarding Australian-Asian relations

Navy Captain (Ret.) Sukjoon Yoon, Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Military Affairs, South Korea
Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer, UNSW at Australian Defence Force Academy
Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Merriden Varrall, Director – East Asia Program, Lowy Institute for International Policy

13:25 Address from Lunch Sponsor

Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke

13:30 Lunch and networking break

14.30 NT Government Address

A presentation from the Northern Territory’s newly named Defence and Security Advocate,

Air Vice-Marshall (Ret) Margaret Staib, Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate


China’s maritime rise: Technological trends and their strategic implications

China is investing heavily in new maritime capabilities. What this mean for Australia and the region?

Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute

6:00 FIRESIDE CHAT | The innovation agenda – what does it mean for Defence?

—— How innovation has changed in its meaning and how it can be applied in a modern defence industry
—— Good practice – examples of effective innovative practices within Australia and abroad
—— Where is the emphasis on innovation and technology taking the industry? Is it redefining the nature of Defence?

Prof Jill Slay, Director, Australian Centre for Cyber-Security
Mark Evans, Board Member, NT Strategic Defence Advisory Board

16:30 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

16:45 Address from Networking Drinks Sponsor: DDR Indigenous Contractors

Wesley Walley, Business Development Manager, DDR Indigenous Contractors

17:00 Networking drinks

AIDN Gala Dinner 2017 | Wednesday 25 October 2017

The Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) will be holding their annual Gala Dinner and Defence Industry Awards that will coincide with this year’s Northern Australia Defence Summit. The event is separate to the conference and requires addition registration. Dine and network with your colleagues in a relaxed setting and enjoy the fine territory hospitality.

18:00 AIDN Gala Dinner | Darwin Convention Centre


DAY 2 – Thursday 26 October 2017

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke


9:00 CASE STUDY | Annual Training

—— Updates on training policy and practice for the armed forces
—— Exploring the future of traning and simulation with the emergence of VR, AR and MR

Major General Gus McLachlan AM, Commander Forces Command, Department of Defence

9:30 PANEL DISCUSSION | Innovation in defence infrastructure

—— Forming effective long-term relationships with defence
—— Understanding the customer and ensuring effective outcomes
—— Skills requirements to deliver projects in the NT
—— I mpact of global economic policy and how this may impact defence infrastructure in Australia and the NT successfully
—— Working with local industry for optimal project delivery

RADM Mark Purcell AM, Strategic Defence Advisory Board Member, Northern Territory Government
Alan Rankins, National President, Australian Industry Defence Network
COL Matt Galton, Director – CFI Branch, Department of Defence
Moderated by: Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke

10:30 KEYNOTE | Industry Keynote

Max Kufner, Deputy VP & Asset Management Services Director – Maritime, Thales

11:00 Address from Coffee Break Sponsor: Honeywell

Mark Harding, Location General Manager – NT, Honeywell

11:30 Integrated Project Delivery processes

Latest updates and progress with IPD legislation.

Bob Baird AM, Executive Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence
Jolanta Skawinski, Deputy Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence


12:00 Triton in the NT

A discussion on US/Australian Defence Initiatives and how industry is benefitting due to them.

Ian Irving, CEO – Australia, Northrop Grumman

13:00 Lunch, networking and end of conference